E-book sales are rocketing and readers appreciate the convenience of using Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other devices to store and read their favorite books. But there's a dilemma when it comes time for an author to autograph a book during an appearance. With no paper title page to sign what's an e-book owner to do?
A new company, Autography, is debuting what it calls a way for authors and artists to "personalize their work for consumers in unique ways."
A recent article in the New York Times outlined how an Autography e-book signing works. "A reader poses with the author for a photograph, which can be taken with an iPad camera or an external camera. The image immediately appears on the author's iPad. (If it's shot with an external camera, it's sent to the iPad via Bluetooth.) Then the author uses a stylus to scrawl a digital message below the photo. When finished, the author taps a button on the iPad that sends the fan an e-mail with a link to the image, which can then be downloaded into the e-book."
Sony already has a way for authors to use a stylus to sign a page on its Reader device.
Book industry watchers say this new digital way of signing books could bring more exposure and marketing potential for authors. That's because many people will post their digital author autographs on their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
This new digital development means authors and readers will have to pack combs and strike a pose when they attend their next bookstore events. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
The New York Times quotes Forrester Research as stating, "By 2015, sales of e-books in the United States are expected to triple to nearly $3 billion."